Businesses in New Zealand have been given the option of using three tools designed to make it easier to follow the rules and keep consumers safe.

Damien O’Connor, Food Safety Minister, launched remote verification, “My Food Rules” and “My Food Plan” this past week. They were co-designed with businesses, councils and verifiers to reflect a modern approach to food safety regulation.

Remote verification option
Traditionally, a verifier visits a business for information and to seek assurance that the way they are managing risks from potential food safety hazards, such as bugs, chemicals and objects, is consistently able to produce safe
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New Zealand Food Safety has published a food safety guide for directors, executives and business owners.

The guide contains information on the importance of food governance, responsibilities and roles in assuring food safety performance, and tools to monitor and verify system operations. It says effective food safety practices can lead to a competitive advantage.

“Food safety failures can be costly in terms of direct costs, such as lost production time and product recalls, but other costs such as loss of business focus, reputation and consumer trust can weigh more heavily. Collectively, they can lead to company failure,” according to the
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